Alternative seed sources

Sometimes, seeds of old and interesting crop varieties are not solely (or even at all) available from genebanks. In the US, for example, there are a number of other options, as summarized below by our friend Marty Reisinger, especially aimed at amateur gardeners:

  • Plant Information Online: Operated by the University of Minnesota. Enables searches for specific cultivars.
  • Dave’s Garden: Search over 160,000 plants. Members can chat with other gardeners in their forums.
  • Master Gardeners. Each state has a Master Gardener organization. Follow the link for one near you.

I’m sure there are similar resources for other countries, and wouldn’t it be nice to bring them all together?

LATER: Here’s a resource for Canada. Via.

LATER STILL: See also this roundup in Modern Farmer.

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